Kuwait arrests militants linked to ISIS

Full network of militants suspected of belonging to ISIS exposed in Kuwait, detainments follow

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A network of ISIS militants have been uncovered in Kuwait, the country’s Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday.

The arrested group reportedly fought in Iraq and Syria and included five Kuwaitis, a ministry statement carried by Kuwait’s official KUNA state news agency said.

The Gulf state has implemented maximum security measures since a June 26 ISIS attack that killed 26 people in a majority Shiite mosque.

The arrested individuals admitted receiving lessons in the "science of a terrorist organisation" and military training, the statement said. "They were involved in fighting operations in both Syria and Iraq."

The Kuwaiti government declared itself “at war with terrorism” following the June 26 bomb attack - the worst in the Kuwaiti history.

Kuwaiti media say the attack was aimed at stoking sectarian strife in the majority Sunni state, where the two religious sects have traditionally co-existed in peace.

The arrested individuals are not thought to have been involved in the June 26 attack, a ministry of interior source told Reuters.

TRTWorld, Reuters